CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Yearb Med Inform 2018; 27(01): 010-015
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1641193
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart

Through Patients' Eyes: Regulation, Technology, Privacy, and the Future

Carolyn Petersen
1  Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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22 April 2018 (online)



Privacy is commonly regarded as a regulatory requirement achieved via technical and organizational management practices. Those working in the field of informatics often play a role in privacy preservation as a result of their expertise in information technology, workflow analysis, implementation science, or related skills. Viewing privacy from the perspective of patients whose protected health information is at risk broadens the considerations to include the perceived duality of privacy; the existence of privacy within a context unique to each patient; the competing needs inherent within privacy management; the need for particular consideration when data are shared; and the need for patients to control health information in a global setting. With precision medicine, artificial intelligence, and other treatment innovations on the horizon, health care professionals need to think more broadly about how to preserve privacy in a health care environment driven by data sharing. Patient-reported privacy preferences, privacy portability, and greater transparency around privacy-preserving functionalities are potential strategies for ensuring that privacy regulations are met and privacy is preserved.